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11/7/19 10:53 A

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Thanks so much for your response Niteman! I suspect we will have to pass for now but will keep the information handy for future reference (sometime in the new year).


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11/6/19 12:39 P

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Yes Tom, they really do work. The Squirrel Buster from Brome. This guy seems a little nervous but he gets the message across in showing how they work:

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We have two of the standards and they are quite sturdy. One is only a year old while the other is several years old. Droll Yankee makes some that look interesting, but they're pretty expensive. These aren't cheap, but you can get two for well under a hundred dollars whereas the Droll Yankee models are mostly close to a hundred apiece:

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Nice shot Niteman. Also, I'm impressed with the feeder. Looks sturdy and relatively squirrel safe. Would you happen to know who currently sells them?

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Beautiful photos you guys.



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11/5/19 11:17 A

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Great shot Tom!

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11/5/19 8:35 A

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"Oh, so good!" On 5/19/18 a Bald Eagle enjoys eating a fish that it had caught in the lake at Harns Marsh in Lehigh Acres, Florida, USA.



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The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.
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11/5/19 12:55 A

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I caught this with my little Nikon 1 v3, so I was pretty happy with it as I had to crop quite a bit. Pretty sure it's a redtail hawk.



Funny thing is, I was standing talking to a guy about the bird he was flying when the hawk flew over us. The guy was hovering his new (to him) Mavic Pro 2 Drone over a waterfall in one of our town parks. The new Mavic Mini comes out in a couple of days and I think we're about ready to spring for one of those.

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@MNNSAIDE - If you liked your Canon, you might like the Nikon P610 I have. I've got a lot of cameras and it's one of my favorites just because of the zoom. There is one on eBay that ends in eight hours with no bids for $115 from a seller with 100% feedback in over 1300 transactions. I think I paid about $150 for mine. There are a lot of good deals on point and shoot superzooms and you shouldn't have any trouble finding a great replacement. Good luck!

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11/4/19 10:55 P

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Nature Photographer here and excited for the Rio Grande Birding Festival to begin this week!

I have been using a Canon Power Shot SX50 HS till it started to give me some problems with noise when zooming - not good for birding! Had to hurry up and get a replacement until I can either sale this one or get it fixed. Same type of camera but a SX50HS

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The Butterfly Festival just ended. Gulf fritillary

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10/8/19 12:17 P

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Now that's a cute one PrincessPP.

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10/8/19 10:01 A

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FINALLY got out with my camera now that "life" has settled down, and enjoyed myself .. Have been wanting to try my new lens hood, to see the difference in my shots .... While there wasn't much in the line of critters .. the photos that I got were really nice ... considering my "focus eye" was misbehaving .. lol lol



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10/6/19 11:35 P

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What a great photo.



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10/6/19 6:41 P

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Great shot.

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10/6/19 6:15 P

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Wow, its been a while since I've checked in here. Let me just upload my photo of a juvenile owl checking me out. Did you know that owls can rotate their necks a maximum of 270 degrees without breaking blood vessels or tearing tendons. Seems this little guy is trying to give us a demo. :)



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"If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours."- Henry David Thoreau

The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.
- James Oppenheim, short-story writer, novelist, poet

We should consider every day lost in which we have not danced at least once.
- Nietzsche, philosopher
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9/24/19 3:38 P

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Niteman, going on Audubon bird walks would be great. Don't think of it as cheating; rather, think of it as an education opportunity!

I think Audubon has an online downloadable guide and if I'm not mistaking it may even be free.

Happy shooting!


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"If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours."- Henry David Thoreau

The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.
- James Oppenheim, short-story writer, novelist, poet

We should consider every day lost in which we have not danced at least once.
- Nietzsche, philosopher
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9/24/19 1:12 P

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Tom, interesting tenant list you have there. My 'life list' is stuck away on pieces of paper and in the back of field guides and is pretty hopelessly scrambled and lost, so I've decided to start over using gadgets. I will probably cough up the forty couple dollars for the Cornell Labs online guide and go from there... the point is I think I had a tough time with the Flycatchers the first time and I'll bet old eyes won't make it any easier the second time around, but I can afford better binoculars and longer lenses this time. From what I read our Flycatcher population is probably already headed south, so I'll catch him in the Spring... maybe? I'll try to get active with the Audubon bird walks which is kind of like cheating 'cause some of the folks that go on those are really sharp.

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Niteman3d: Cute bird house photos.

That reminds me of our bird houses. We have 3, all of which have been inhabited. Our unit #1 housed a Red-bellied Woodpecker family for a while, until they got booted by a Screech Owl. The Pecker family moved into unit #3, but it was a sad day when they had to abandon their chosen domicile. They kept going to the old unit and looking at the Owl, even looking inside when the Owl couldn't be seen, but alas, it remained in the house. Eventually the Pecker family settled down and reared their off spring in the new unit. (That year, unit #2 got inhabited by a tree frog family. Ah, nature!

By the way, this year a Great-creased Flycatcher family moved in to unit #3. They were truly a joy to watch right from my den window.



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"If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours."- Henry David Thoreau

The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.
- James Oppenheim, short-story writer, novelist, poet

We should consider every day lost in which we have not danced at least once.
- Nietzsche, philosopher
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9/23/19 7:39 P

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Nice hawk shot, Tom. No, I don't know the spider and any image matches I try point to an orb spider, but I don't know how much trust I put in that as the head is kind of hidden. In looking closer I think she is wrapping the prey rather than eating.

I forgot to put this coincidence up when it happened that I thought was pretty cute. One day in August we were out shooting at the Master Gardeners plot and captured this:


About a week later we spotted this at a local Ranger's Station:


Must be a pretty popular scene?

Nite all!

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9/23/19 6:11 P

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Niteman3d: Interesting spider. Do you know the species?

Mauitn: I will sometimes post here, but I post three daily to my Facebook page and share those with a number of online photo groups. Takes a lot of time. If you would like, do check out my Facebook page: Thomas Howe (My name is my Facebook page name.)

Meanwhile, I'll leave a Red-shouldered Hawk snacking on a lizard here. :)



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"If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours."- Henry David Thoreau

The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.
- James Oppenheim, short-story writer, novelist, poet

We should consider every day lost in which we have not danced at least once.
- Nietzsche, philosopher
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9/23/19 1:50 P

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That's good news with your dance showcase, Tom!

Although these guys live in my yard, I suppose they're still considered wildlife as I haven't tamed one yet or even talked them out of building their traps where I walk:


(... or refrain from eating my butterflies.)

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Thomas, what is your Facebook name? Or will you post the pictures here?

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It is always quite satisfying to learn that images are not just figments of one's imagination. (wide grin)

Dance showcase went extremely well for everyone. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience as I always do. Now the work begins in earnest developing the two disc DVDs for the performers.

I did post photos this morning on Facebook but I'm now on the wrong computer for posting here so I'll postpone that until tomorrow. Meanwhile, I look forward to seeing more photos from the rest of you. It is always a pleasure to share wildlife photos.


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The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.
- James Oppenheim, short-story writer, novelist, poet

We should consider every day lost in which we have not danced at least once.
- Nietzsche, philosopher
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9/20/19 11:07 P

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That was my problem in this case as I was in a shaded area and he startled me to start with. My all-around lens is not very fast and I had the ISO capped at 400. If I had it set higher and had been on shutter priority to start with, I may have snagged a sharper image. Anyhow, I've been back there three times and seen him three times and at least I now have evidence he's not all in my head.

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Nice photo Dave. Blur is just showing movement. With my camera you wouldn't even be able to tell what it was. 200 lens is all I have.




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The camera is fantastic! I got a shot of the Great Blue heron finally as he escaped yesterday. The camera acquired focus and got the shot. It wasn't the finest in wildlife photography, but I got a shot to prove he actually exists at least. I'm not done with him yet. Kind of an abstract of a Great Blue:



I ordered an external mic for the camera, so maybe I'll get into video after all. The dancing sounds like fun!

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One of the things that I do is dance. This Saturday I will be performing in our showcase and tonight is dress rehearsal. I also do the videos for the showcase. Keeps me pretty busy during showcase times, like now. And that doesn't leave much time for photography, etc. I do post three pics everyday on Facebook...just something I started a couple of years ago and kept up. That gives me a place to show my pics (along with this forum).

OK, back to working on my rumba routine (styling). :)

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The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.
- James Oppenheim, short-story writer, novelist, poet

We should consider every day lost in which we have not danced at least once.
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Tom, yes, DW agrees that it's aphids and she doesn't seem too concerned inasmuch as we've had only one Monarch caterpillar this year and he disappeared. Last year she released six or seven of them that she either brought in from our own milkweed or the milkweed at work (she works on a small mountain nearby) that were kept in a mesh clothes hamper. This year she was all prepared for more with an actual enclosure made for the purpose and so far... nothing. We just discovered the possibility of others this year, having taken many pics of the Painted Lady and Buckeye among so many others. Hershey Gardens (about an hour) has a marvelous butterfly house.

We are actually pretty blessed with habitat to explore, but I just want to get to the shore when there are a variety of ducks moving in plus the fact that we love the ocean in the fall and don't get there nearly often enough. (Only four times or so in our twenty years together.) We have many waterways to explore as well as field and forest located in both mountains and valleys. I walk along two fair-sized creeks daily and it's a short drive to several local lakes as well as the Potomac and Susquehanna Rivers. The problem is that as I age I've become more difficult to kick out the door if the weather's not perfect. I've only ever been to Florida once but really want to come back as I truly loved it.

We're checking out lodging near Dover and along Deleware's bay shore as they have about five wildlife and bird sanctuaries along that coast that look pretty interesting, all within about an hour of one another.

We have several Nature Conservancy preserves in our area and one of them is a vernal pool area that we visited this year. Although our timing was a little off we got a few pics of amphibians. There are several swamps and bogs within a day-trip distance that we want to visit as well. We also have a couple of overlooks on the Appalachian flyway that needs to be visited this year. Just a matter of doing it. As you have now scraped away my 'elderly' cover the real problem becomes visible and that's just a one-word different phrase... *Lazy* old man card!

It's great to hear you are enjoying your retirement as I know I am. Retirement was made for me or vice versa. Will chat later, the camera arrived!

Keep shooting everyone!

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Thanks so much for your complement about my Eagle pic. Your picture happens to be Milkweed Aphids. Since my wife and I raise butterflies (mostly Monarchs) we have lots of Milkweed (as well as other host plants) around for the butterflies to lay eggs on. I so recognize those critters. Most effective way to rid your Milkweed of them is just to wipe them off. That usually does the trick (until a new batch arrives).

My wife and I share our photography hobby with each other, and we usually purchase two of any piece of equipment (cameras, etc.) And you are right, once equipped the hobby is not so terribly expensive. Oh, by the way, you can't use the "old man card" with me. I'm 80. :) I love photography and dancing. And I love our area (an area that I retied to in 2004).

You said that you live two or three hours from the Atlantic Shore and Chesapeake Bay. I was wondering, are there any inland wetlands that might be closer. Great places for pictures, especially in the warm months in your area. In Florida I love the winter months since we have our natives as well as a lot of your migrants.

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The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.
- James Oppenheim, short-story writer, novelist, poet

We should consider every day lost in which we have not danced at least once.
- Nietzsche, philosopher
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Great shot Tom... that's the one I want. I've got one, but it's at the zoo, so it doesn't count. ;o)

I don't really spend money on anything else and when you average it out over the years (especially since film is no longer an expense), photography isn't really all that expensive compared to a lot of other hobbies. Add to that a very supportive wife (who enjoys my hand-me-downs and shares my interest) it's not too hard to justify as long as I don't go crazy with it.

You're so fortunate to live where you do. We live two to three hours from the Atlantic Shore and the Chesapeake Bay, so we're looking at a birding trip in the next few weeks. Deleware is looking pretty good with several preserves up and down their shoreline.

Here's some mini-wildlife that I still haven't identified. Forgive the less than tack sharp IQ as it's an old man hand holding a macro lens. These things are about 1/64 of an inch in length and at first, I thought they were eggs, but once I got the camera, I could tell they were antenna and feet. BTW, that's on a milkweed stem to give context:





Keep shooting!

PS - DW says aphids?

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Thanks Nightman3D, and I did understand that you meant to complement me. You have also reminded me that I hunger for (is that a good phrase in this forum?) an upgrade in camera equipment. My Rebel T5i has seen better days and my mouth is watering (oops) for a T7i! Keep hoping that may become a reality in the not to distant future!

Meanwhile, let me post a Bald Eagle picture that I was quite fortunate to get:



I used 562 mm of my 600 on this one. It was taken at Harns Marsh in Lehigh Acres, Florida, a spot that I frequent. The owls were taken at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary near Naples, Florida, another favorite spot.

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"If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours."- Henry David Thoreau

The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.
- James Oppenheim, short-story writer, novelist, poet

We should consider every day lost in which we have not danced at least once.
- Nietzsche, philosopher
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No, that was my intended meaning as a compliment to you. I knew you had to be pretty close and getting that close to owls is no small feat.

My top prey is (as it has been for years) a headshot of a Pileated Woodpecker. Next on my list is a Bald Eagle in any context. I've got one in flight, but it's pretty far away and shot back in the days of low megapixels and no vibration reduction, so not a real keeper, but I keep it anyway.

I got an order confirmation on my camera, so I didn't wait too long, probably get it Wednesday?

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NITEMAN3D and Mauitn, thanks for your comments. Niteman3D, I was only using a third of the power available, true, but that was because I was that close to the owls. Had I used full power I would only have gotten a part of the owl. Hmm, come to think of it, I believe I do have a few super close ups. I took well over 300 photos (more actually, but 300 were kept). Many were of the owls separated. Also, there were different locations within that general area, and not all were as close as the pair was in that picture.

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The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.
- James Oppenheim, short-story writer, novelist, poet

We should consider every day lost in which we have not danced at least once.
- Nietzsche, philosopher
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Tom, gorgeous shot of the owls. Dave, I fully understand. I have the same problem. emoticon

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Niteman... oooooo you beee in troooooouuuuubbbbblllleeeeee!!! Lol

I know.. roght now Im pricing a lens Ive been wanting... not going to happen right now because the cost is more than the original camera package...lol

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Great shot Tom, especially since you were only using a third of the reach available to you. I've got to go do some stalking in the woods myself as I'm pretty sure I know where to find some of my wanted targets and just never seem to find time to go back. I almost stepped on the toes of a Great Blue today and still never laid eyes on him, but boy did he squawk when taking off on the other side of the branches that were blocking my view.

You folks need to stop talking about gear in my presence as I am an addict and have no self-control. (In other words, I'm blaming it all on you guys when DW finds out I bought another camera last night.)
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In reality, B&H has a great deal on a Nikon USA refurbished D7500 body for $599 and I just couldn't pass it up. Thought I would pass it along in case any fellow Nikonians might be interested.

Keep shooting!

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Barred Owls (parent on right; juvenile on left)



Camera: Canon T5i; Lens: Sigma 150 - 600 mm @ 211mm, hand held.

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My Nikon D5500 with the Tamron 18-400 mounted on a monopod is my go-to unless I'm looking for something even lighter. The whole rig is under five pounds and is comfortable for most of the hikes and walks I take. What I love is the ability to go from wide-angle to long telephoto without carrying lenses, adaptors, etc. I usually carry the rig in one hand and a backup battery and extra SD card in my pocket along with a plastic bag for rain cover. If I'm willing to do a few more ounces I switch bodies for the D7000 and am looking to get a D500 in the not too distant future. Both these shots are that rig, the lake at 18mm and the butterfly at 400mm. The 1.5 crop factor gives a 35mm equivalent of 600mm on the long end and vibration reduction and the monopod get me my share of keepers.





When I'm going all day I usually take the Nikon 1 v3 with a 10-100mm zoom on a monopod. That rig equals 27-270mm and only weighs in at 2.5 pounds. Adding an adaptor to this I can use my Nikon AF lenses on this rig which turns the 70-300mm into an 810mm beast on the long end (hard but not impossible to handhold). If I want ultralight I go with a Nikon A900 or P610. With each gain in weight advantage, you lose sensor size, which is why I try to stick with the DSLR when I can.

Now to save up for the AF-S 800mm. Just kidding, it's $17,000 and the lens hood is another thousand. I love photography, but ya gotta stop somewhere.

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Mostly handhold because I walk while I shoot .. but have started to use a tripod (still learning) .. used a tripod for my baby ground squirrels (shown below) .. because they were shy about me sitting outside ... I set up the tripod (my first time using it. . Rather comical) and then sat inside the front door with the remote clicker on my phone ... just clicking methodically so they got used to the click ....(Ive also trained dogs in a previous life ...lol )

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I use a Canon Rebel T5i but dreaming about a T7i. My two lens that I use most of the time include a 75 - 300mm and a 150 - 600 mm. Sometimes I use a tripod but usually hand hold simply because the tripod tends to cut down on my mobility. If I am going to shoot a subject and not move around (for example, an Eagle's nest) I'll drag the tripod along with me.

I'll start posting soon but I am not at my photo computer right now so need to wait until I sign on to that one. Looking forward to seeing everyone's work in this forum!


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Next Question For those of you who have a large lens, do you hand hold or use a tri or monopod? Dave, Cricket, Sally?

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Dave, we have had similar learning curves with our photographic choices. After doing two small weddings for friends, I quickly realized that I never wanted to do THAT again. I was lucky that both turned out really well, but I was terrified and the only thing keeping me going was the thought of telling the bridge, We have to do that over again. And I wasnt even getting paid.

Sally, I fully agree that the animal/bird photography makes you sharper. I have never known much about birds (nor cared really), but on a recent trip, I had several people who were very into birds and were pointing them out, naming them, and shooting them. I became interested and have surprised myself by getting some better than I expected shots. And learned a few names in the process. Now, looking at another trip a year from now, Im considering a longer lens to aid my capturing those smaller, further away items. I bought a Sony A6500 camera with a 18 to 135 mm lens for this recent trip only because my Nikon D80 was so old and heavy and I was limited by weight. Now Im looking at longer lens such as the Sony FRE 200-600mm F/5.6-6.3 G OSS lens or the new, not out yet Sony E 70-350mm f/4.5-6.3 G OSS lens. I know with the first, I would have to have at the least a monopod.

JO, I love the Cardinals. And I have put up a bird feeder in the back yard to draw in some of the local birds and give me practice on shooting them.

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I had a Canon before this one but upgraded about three years ago. I have always just used a Point and Shoot because having to deal with changing lenses and everything, plus the money involved, just took all of the fun out of taking pictures for me. I can be doing a close up of a flower and look up to see a beautiful sunset. I can just point my camera up at the sun with just a couple quick changes and take the sunset! Maybe I just don't have the patience!! ha ha
I do know I love just taking pictures of what I see!
This camera has an extra long zoom but with the extra stabilizer I can still hand hold it and get decent photos. I do have a tripod but again... patience to set it up, etc! ha ha ha

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Jo, here's a shot from that 3mp Canon from 2004. If it weren't for the older Nikon lenses I had at the time, I would probably have switched to Canon then, but when I bought my first DSLR I had about six Nikon lenses left over from the film days:


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I LOVE the cardinals .... how awesome!!!!!

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There's my point right there... shoot with what you have and don't worry as much about the equipment, but rather worry about having fun. I think our second digital camera from fifteen years ago was a Canon Powershot S1 that was 3mp with a 10x zoom and we have some great shots from that camera and the S2 that followed. Enjoy!

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Love this topic. I have not posted much in the last year since I am not able to do photography as much as I use to. I have a bad back injury that keeps me off my feet a lot of the time so don't get out like I use to. But I did have the great pleasure of having a pair of Red Cardinals nest in my back yard this Spring and Summer. They had two nests that I couldn't find but could see the babies after they left the nest.
But their third nest they made on an old martin house that I do not raise up any more. The side they put the nest was facing my backyard. So I was able to sit out in the yard and use my long focus on my Point and Shoot camera. Canon Power Shot SX60 HS. Love this camera! It is great for an old lady that can't stoop or get on the ground anymore or hold the camera really still! (ha ha). It has the stabilizer and a second stabilizer in the zoom!!
I enjoyed the hour I sat in the yard, zoomed way in, and snapped away!!








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Whoops .. My baaad ...lol. the link works just fine now ... NOT Mark ...lol Yes ..he has some jaw dropping photos ... those are my goals ....

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No, no, no, no... I'm not Mark, just an admirer of his work. That guy has a big budget and a big talent, neither of which describe me.

I think the "S" may have something to do with browser choice as I use Firefox now and never have trouble with that anymore (did with Edge), so I forget about it, but as you say, just drop the trailing "S" if it doesn't work on yours and that should fix it. (I took it off the link.)

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I love capturing wild life! I like using the 70-300 and my 60mm for close up. My equipment is all 10 years+. I am hoping to invest in the lighter weight camera soon.

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Mark .. beautiful Photos. (You may want to remove the security on your link "https" remove the s ... because you cant get to your website because if that without going through the back door ...)

I love photographing animals because it makes me sharper, and there is no "do overs" and while I have kicked myself in the butt for those Ive missed .. I enjoy the ones I get, and I have more fun trying to get that WOW picture ....lol

My first practice with remote clicker and tripod



My first "practice" ever ...



I never did like taking the easy way out....lol

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*Long Post Warning*

I'm not specifically in any particular niche as a photographer, but if I were primarily a wildlife photographer my choices would most likely be different. Early on I thought I wanted to make money from photography and then I discovered that the kinds of photography that paid well were either going to require a lot of work or require me to be exceptional or do things I didn't enjoy. Neither interested me... I wanted it to be fun. So, I headed the other way and started thinking like a 'having fun hobbyist' instead of an aspiring pro. That led me to a series of do it all lens and camera experimentation. The first step was to dump raw and Photoshop. Now I shoot strictly JPG and have settled on a couple of go-to equipment combinations with very little post-processing. The one I tell people about is the Tamron 18-400 mounted on a Nikon DSLR and a monopod. I've caught more wildlife shots since starting to use it than ever before... but also more of everything... close-ups, portraits, landscapes, etc. What it lacks in speed and image quality it more than makes up for in flexibility. So now I have a lot more fun, do a lot less drudge work, and get a lot more keepers.

The 18-400 becomes a field of view equivalent of about 30-680mm full frame. I also have several Nikon CX size mirrorless cameras, the Nikon 1 series. These cameras give a 35mm equivalent field of view of 2.7x full frame and with an adaptor, I can use nearly all of my 35mm lenses. That leads me to macro. I use an 85mm Nikon macro on those cameras (mostly the V2) which then become equivalent to about 225mm, a very nice working distance, and magnification combo. I also get acceptable results with superzoom point and shoot cameras. Any of these combos require more planning since they tend to be slow for wildlife. My ultimate goal is the Nikon D500 with a fast long lens, but that'll take some saving up to acquire. I guess my message is shoot with what you have or plan for a better setup, but shoot and have fun with it. My images may not be perfect, but I get a lot of them and I have a lot of fun.

My recent shots include baby birds in a nest box, squirrels, groundhogs, bluebirds, hawks, finches, turtles, snakes, all sorts of bugs, butterflies, etc, etc. Nothing exotic, but all enjoyable. If you want a sample of what high-end equipment and talent produce in the hands of the right person, Google "Mark Smith, Photography". Have fun!

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Yes ... wildlife, bugs, insects, birds, deer... anything that moves... leaves...lol

Ive posted my photos here, and around the site.. I LOVE postimg them ...

I have a D3500 Nikon and my biggest lens is 70-300 mm AF P Nikkor and then a Promaster Spectrum 7 2x adapter .

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Wild Life Photographers

What do you shoot? Anyone shoot animals and/or birds? If so, what is your equipment? What is your longest lens?


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